SPY OF RICHMOND
Richmond, Virginia, 1863. Compelled to atone for the sins of her slaveholding father, Union loyalist Sophie Kent risks everything to help end the war from within the Confederate capital and abolish slavery forever. But she can't do it alone.
Former slave Bella Jamison sacrifices her freedom to come to Richmond, where her Union soldier husband is imprisoned, and her twin sister still lives in bondage in Sophie's home. Though it may cost them their lives, they work with Sophie to betray Rebel authorities. Harrison Caldwell, a Northern freelance journalist who escorts Bella to Richmond, infiltrates the War Department as a clerk-but is conscripted to defend the city's fortifications.
As Sophie's spy network grows, she walks a tightrope of deception, using her father's position as newspaper editor and a suitor's position in the ordnance bureau for the advantage of the Union. One misstep could land her in prison, or worse. Suspicion hounds her until she barely even trusts herself. When her espionage endangers the people she loves, she makes a life-and-death gamble.
Will she follow her convictions even though it costs her everything-and everyone-she holds dear?
Spy of Richmond is book four in the “Heroines Behind the Lines, Civil War” series. In this book, we follow Sophie Kent. Raised in a Confederate home in Richmond, Virginia, she raised at a young age by her “Yankee” mother to oppose slavery, though she had to keep these feelings to herself. After her mother dies, she continues her efforts to help the Union by taking food to the prisoners at the Libby prison, which does not go over with the Confederates in her town. Before she knows it, she is a full blown spy for the Union, passing on relevant information to help turn the tide of the war. Also involved is Harrison Caldwell, the son of a family friend whom she met while attending a school up north. They had made a pact to be together before the war broke out, and now that circumstances have brought them back together, their feelings are even stronger. But between Harrison getting thrown in prison, and Sophie being under scrutiny as a Union sympathizer, it seems like there will never be a time for them to be together.
I LOVED this book. I didn't know that more stories in the series were being written. I hope there are more to follow. This one was so interesting, beings that even though we know how the war ended, we don't know how it ends for the characters in the story, and that just makes you want to keep reading. There are also appearances of characters from previous books, which helps tie things together, as well. I look forward to starting the series over and reading them one after the other.
Reviewed by: Sarah Meyers